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  1. In the same boat, with a delivery date in December. I'd love to hear what you put on your list. We have a "generic" toolkit that we've brought from camper to camper.
  2. Just saw this. We are on the front range, in Bouler. The Ollie we toured was in Fort Collins.
  3. No more storage box? We were hoping to use a breville toaster oven instead of the microwave in our '22. 😞
  4. Yay! And it sounds like you have some fantastic trips planned already. We went to Custer a couple of summers ago and really enjoyed it. On our way from CO, we stopped over for a few nights at Glendoe State Park in WY, then headed south from Custer and spent the night at the Wildcat HillsState Recreation Area. Sweet little gem with some fantastic, if short, trails. You'll have a ball...and come December, your Ollie will have another CO sibling. mb
  5. I've been lurking around these boards for a few months, and am thrilled to announce that we have put our deposit down on a Elite II Twin model. It'll be a model year 2022, with a delivery date of 11/29/21. Can't wait...now to pick out a truck color! MaryBeth
  6. Agreed. But then, I wouldn't put my babies on a rack on the back of the Ollie anyway. They will live in or on the tow vehicle. MaryBeth Specialized Diverge Pro Specialized SWorks Ruby Liv Pique Advanced 2 🙂
  7. Good to know, and as I suspected. The van is black and not nearly as well insulated as an Ollie. Looking forward to a little more "wiggle room" re: the dogs than we have now!
  8. I use this in our Sprinter. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1OPOZB/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_porHFbQRBV7JV The van is black and heats up like you wouldn't believe without the AC running. The only downside to the Temp Stick is that you need to have access to cell signal because it relies on wifi to transmit temperature data. And even if you camp with some signal (and have a cellular modem), it doesn't do you any good if where you are going without the pups puts you out of cell range....that happens all the time on some of our cycling adventures, so it isn't a Fail-Safe system. In reality, when we are out of cell range, we don't leave the dogs in the van unless it is parked 100% in the shade and we can leave the windows open and the Maxx air fan going. If someone has a better system I'd love to hear about it.
  9. I learned about the Avenza maps app when I cruised out to Pawnee National Grasslands this spring. I wanted dispersed camping, but the local forest service office was closed due to COVID. Thankfully, they pointed me to free forest service maps on Avenza. They show in great detail what areas are open to dispersed camping. If you can boondock, dispersed is the way to go in the west. https://www.avenzamaps.com/mobile-maps?campaignid=10221828697&adgroupid=102940455500&adid=453328850375&gclid=CjwKCAjwlID8BRAFEiwAnUoK1e_S1UVHaVpOOzhKxzPx9ByrWrbkUypIRjAtl3ENXqNyFO9sRcFw9RoCI58QAvD_BwE There's an app for that!
  10. Oh! I do miss fireflies. Grew up in Massachusetts, but I've been a colorado girl for nearly 30 years now. Wouldn't go back, but there are definitely things I miss.
  11. That just sounds like an excuse to buy lighter bikes! 😀
  12. 2020 has been quite a year. Thinking of you and your state today...
  13. I admit that I am a bit spoiled in the Sprinter -- the electrical system is powered by 2 tesla batteries that are kept topped up by 795W of roof-top solar. I'd keep it, but my husband doesn't fit in the bed and it can't be retrofit easily. Expensive to keep as a "she-shed".
  14. Susan, Are you planning on using this outside, or just on the countertop? My only cooktop in my sprinter is an induction cooktop, and I really like it. Better than I have liked any propane cooktop in my past campers.
  15. I'm a huge proponent of prepping meals before a trip. It's always worked because our trips have never been longer than 10 days and we've had a reasonably sized fridge (and once even a separate freezer!) This may all change once retirement hits in a year or two. One of my prep tricks is to freeze leftovers in 1 or 2 meal portions, marked with a piece of blue tape that says "Camping X1 or x2). I also prep a few cans of tuna for sandwiches so I don't have to make a mess on the road. I just got back from 3 nights in the desert and ate like a queen: Chicken tikka masala, chicken burritos, and bolognese lasagna. I try to keep it as simple as possible! Breakfast is a big meal for us, and I usually bring some pre-roasted potatoes, and make an egg scrambler with pre-cut veggies, goat cheese, and pre-cooked bacon. OK....time to go make dinner. I'm hungry now...
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